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Tom Cruise Is The Latest 'Swatting' Victim
The cops rushed to the scene of Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills abode today after someone reported that there was an armed intruder on the property.It looks like it was just a false alarm. Beverly Hills cops swarmed the place, but they turned up nothing, according to TMZ. It's not clear if Cruise was even home at the time.
Law enforcement sources guess that this was just the latest example of "swatting"—a practice that has hit lots of celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell as well as some regular Joes. In the practice, the "swatter" tells police that there is a armed, dangerous threat on the property of the victim. Police show up in full force expecting the worse, only to find out that it's a false alarm. The practice is costly for taxpayers and police worry that someone will actually end up getting hurt.
Recently, a 12-year-old kid from an "incredibly dysfunctional" family was arrested on suspicion of swatting.